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  • A weight watchers challenge

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    36 posts, 16 voices, 1684 views, started Dec 26, 2009

    Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 by Cynthia Schmidt




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      My husband, Joe, loves weight watchers. He joined several years ago and lost a lot of weight. That program works well for him.

      Since we’ve been married in 2004, we both have gained quite a bit of weight. I’ve used weight watchers before and didn’t really like it. I even subscribed to it online. I cook a lot and rarely use a recipe so if I add some pasta to a soup, I don’t measure it. If I make a salad dressing with olive oil, I don’t measure it. If I’m making a casserole or something I create with ingredients I have in the house and not a recipe, I don’t measure anything. So I never really liked Weight Watchers. And when Joe is following it, he’s very precise with all his measurements.

      Last night we went to dinner for Christmas. I was so uncomfortable sitting there and honestly I felt just huge. I’m bigger than I’ve ever been in my life. Sometimes I look in the mirror and start crying; I dont’ recognize myself anymore. Quite honestly, it hurts my spirit. And, I know that I need to do something or I will keep getting bigger.

      So, after seeing Vikki, Vicki, Annie and Melissa doing these 21 day challenges and after doing the meat free for 21 days with Melissa and Vikki, I told Joe this morning that I would go on Weight Watchers with him for 21 days. He’ll probably stay on it beyond that but this gives me an opportunity to choose something else if I don’t really like it. And, I’m willing to use some of the Weight Watchers recipes so I have the proper points count.

      So here we go, Day 1.

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          Karyn Olson wrote Dec 26, 2009
        • I know exactly how you feel...I also have gained a tremendous amount of weight and it sure does hurt the spirit...my self confidence has been at a low point these past few months...although I am not on any diet...I have lost a few pounds and that little weight loss has made a difference in how I feel about myself...All I have been doing is watching what I put in my mouth and stop drink pop...and so far it has been working...I think being recently diagnoses with diabetes was my turning point...I do not want to be on insulin and will do everything in my power not to let that happen.
          Good luck and wishing you all the success in your 21 day challenge.



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          Kim Groshek wrote Dec 26, 2009
        • Congratulations, I am very proud of you for taking the first step.  Remember, to take each day and be in the moment.  If you fall off the wagon, be okay with it and get back on the wagon and continue forward.  Each days progress will be small, be patient with yourself and don’t over-emphasize weight, but be proud of your smaller accomplishments.  You can do this!!!



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 26, 2009
        • I, too, am tired of the extra weight I have put on.  I do believe its part due to the stage of life im in and me making excuses (no time) for not exercising.  I am Wii fitting with friends (Yay!) and will go back to the gym, even if it’s to just walk the treadmill.  I really dont eat the wrong things but I think I may have to cut back on my wine consumption.  

          Im with all of you on this.  WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          xoxo



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          Ladisheets wrote Dec 26, 2009
        • weight watchers has always worked for me.I am getting back on track also and want to feel good again.

          I hope you find it easy and filling!



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          Marilyn09 wrote Dec 26, 2009
        • I wish you well on the 21 day challenge!!!



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          Robin M wrote Dec 27, 2009
        • Cynthia,  I, too, felt your pain and discomfort. Being at your largest point is truly uncomfortable and it’s so hard on the spirit - even though our body is only a shell to our sensitive souls... it’s stifling to feel bad about our bodies! There’s nothing worse than being the largest one in the room.
          My plan is to begin today, eating sensibly and use Wii Fit every day.  I started using the basic conditioning program mid December and already feel better. And I asked (and received from Santa) the Wii Active More Workouts - which has a 6 Week Challenge, with journal and all.  There’s something very motivating about this for me, and being tight on money and paying for a membership at the gym (and only going a few months out of the year) is just not an option.   So... I’m there with you - today is a new day and I’m going to meet the challenge! Here’s to all our success!

          ~Robin



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 27, 2009
        • It feels good to write about this here. I’ve been a member of Fab40 for over a year and the trust level with this site and my friends here has made this my preferred place to share the more vulnerable parts of me.

          Thank you for the kind words, the encouragement and the cameraderie.

          So, today I just completed an hour of exercise which felt great. Exercise has always been a big part of my life. I’ve been a runner and weight training person for years. The onset of menopause and the discomfort that goes with that started the process of all this weight gain. 3 years ago or so I was only 122 pounds and Joe and I ran together almost daily. I doubt I’ll want to run again but the treadmill has been a life saver.

          Thank you again



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 28, 2009
        • I’m actually having more fun with the Weight Watchers points system this time. Today I made a dipping sauce for artichokes with practically no points. I also made a creme brulee recipe for my blog and figured the points on that - must say that they will be used for photos but I won’t be eating more than a taste for recipe accuracy.



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          Ladisheets wrote Dec 28, 2009
        • THe fry recipe was good.made them yesterday.

          Today i was given a cake for my birthday which was christmas. so nice of them to do it but oh how i dont need it!

          i will enjoy it and share it with family so i wont be tempted to over do it.

          Im really looking forward to the weight watchers challenge.

          and to welcome in 2010 !!!



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          Max0125 wrote Dec 29, 2009
        • Cynthia,

          Good luck on the WW. I started my post holiday detox program yesterday and it is amazing how much better I feel!
          I sometimes go to Hungrygirl.com for recipes and they always have points and recipes that you can swap for the real thing. The site also has a fudge recipe. I will be looking forward to your progress!



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          Ladisheets wrote Dec 30, 2009
        • melissabelle,

                     thanks for the birthday wish!

          im sorry to hear your dog is sick. Hurts us too when our pets are ill.

          i have a recumbent exercise bike im going to ride starting with the wieght watcher challenge jan.3

           its time to commit



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 30, 2009
        • All is well in the Weight Watcher’s challenge thus far. We‘re having fun figuring out meals that will fit in the our points and we’ve been exercising consistently. This morning I met girlfriends for breakfast and opted for the bagle, smoked salmon and cream cheese because it’s something I could assemble. I broke the bagle up into pieces, didn’t eat it all, noticed that the smoked salmon was in very thin slices and only ate part of it and the cream cheese was whipped and looked only like a couple of tablespoons - I only hate half. Plenty of tomato, onion and capers on the place so I added that to my meal and walked away from the table feeling satisfied but not stuffed or even full for that matter.

          We’ve also been grilling portobello mushrooms and making “burgers” with them on wheat bread for dinner. Delish.



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          Hbrose wrote Dec 30, 2009
        • Nice going so far Cynthia! I bought my daughter the Weight Watchers recipe book for Christmas, she’s starting her new workout/weight loss campaign too and wants me to do it along with her. Even though I’m in California and she’s in Korea, we‘re going to share recipe plans every week and log our daily exercise activity. And I like the idea you mentioned about a 21-day plan. I’m going to suggest that to her for us to have a benchmark. I, too, am at my heaviest weight ever and get depressed at times seeing how big I’ve gotten and awful I feel. It’s time to do something about it (again) ..so here I go too! Hopefully 2010 will be the best for all of us!

          Happy New Year!

          Rose



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          UK Girl wrote Jan 1, 2010
        • Cynthia – I like doing 21 day challenges as it's not daunting and you can just think okay head down and do it – plus I have now integrated most of the challenges into daily life so they have become part of me – like the 5K walk every morning and the 8 glasses of water ......



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          Deb Darby wrote Jan 1, 2010
        • Good for you, Cynthia! I’ll miss seeing you on SparkPeople as much.



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          Ladisheets wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • Hope everyone is doing good. I have been staying on track and eating healthy meals. Riding my indoor bike for exercise.

          One thing that helps me is to have a large pot of cabbage soup on the stove when i am hungry i get a bowl of that and it satisfies me and keeps me from getting things i shouldnt.
          low calorie and good for you.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • Eating a two point breakfast right now.

          Ladisheets, we always have a pot of “free” soup in the fridge. Many nights we have a bowl for dinner with a side of some lean protein. I think that this is finally starting to show some results in how my clothes fit.



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          Ladisheets wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • That is awesome Cynthia!  Glad to hear your doing so well. I after only 3 days am starting to feel not so stuffed and full.Its a great feeling when the clothes become loose!



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • Anyone have the ingredients for the cabbage soup...wouldn’t mind checking it out...also I am going to start on my own 21 day challenge...by eating breakfast every day...starting tomorrow am...and I will document what I ate and what time I ate...so that I won’t cheat...estatic



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          Ladisheets wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • yes i have a recipe.

                            1 head of cabbage chopped

                             2 sliced green peppers

                             2 pounds of carrots

                             6 large white onions

                             4 stocks of celery

                             1 or 2 cans of chopped tomatoes

                              1 to 2 teaspoons of vegetable soup mix

                             pepper to taste.

                 Fill pot with enough water to cover veggies and cook until tender. makes a lot  

          you can always adjust to fit you taste if needed.



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          Karyn Olson wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • Thank you ladisheets...happy gonna go and make myself up a pot of soup now...happy



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          Matty wrote Jan 5, 2010
        • I hope your challenge is going well. I lost 32 lbs on ww in six months.  then got real lazy and gained some back—so far down 10 lbs.  The trick is really to track, track, track.  I lost an average of 2 lbs per week all in all..not consistently though.  Some weeks was a pound some i gained then i would lose 2 lbs. never give up just get back on track.  The good think about ww is that you may try to lie to yourself about your progress but the scale never lies.  

          You can do it... I did.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 7, 2010
        • Wow Cyn!!!! Congrats on doing this. I only wish I knew earlier so I could cheer you on at the beginning!!!!

          Hang in there YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 8, 2010
        • I still don’t have the nerve to get on the scale. I blogged about that on spark people. I don’t want to put my head into a tizzy. I have 2 pair of pants that I try on every few days instead of weighing myself. I’ve decided that when I can comfortably button and zip either pair I’ll weigh myself to see where I am. I know what my weight was when I started.

          And when Melissabelle did the 21 day no meat challenge I have to say I’m still not eating meat. The only time was my husband’s fried rice. I picked out the larger pieces of meat but I’m sure a few little bits slipped by.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jan 8, 2010
        • You both are amazing!



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          Max0125 wrote Jan 8, 2010
        • I just wanted to thank everyone for being an inspiration to me getting back to a clean lifestyle by eating properly and exercising. I started my own 21 day clean lifestyle challenge by cutting out all sugar (excluding some fruit)exercising and getting adequate sleep. Thanks again! I love the whole 21 day challenge idea.



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